Thursday, January 31, 2013

Serving Special Populations (and Limited Time Freebie!)

Need ideas for how to reach out to special populations in your community?  Look no further than Serving Special Populations from the Department of Public Instruction.   
Serving Special Populations is a new online resource featuring video interviews from the Public Library Development Team (PLDT).  The resource is a follow-up to Adults with Special Needs: A Resource and Planning Guide for Wisconsin's Public Libraries and Public Library Services for Youth with Special Needs: A Plan for Wisconsin, published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in 1999 and 2005, respectively. PLDT hopes that this resource will assist Wisconsin's public libraries and public library systems in providing service to special populations throughout Wisconsin. It is designed to guide library staff in planning, implementing, and evaluating services for special populations, offer a range of resources and strategies useful to all size public libraries no matter where they are located in Wisconsin, and provide information unique to Wisconsin.  Librarians and system consultants from around the state are featured in the nine video interviews
Find out how to adapt story time and group activities for children with disabilities and how to do outreach for families with English Language Learners.   Be sure to watch one of the many video interviews featuring youth services librarians and liaisons from around the state!  Take a look at the new resource and let youth and special services consultant Tessa Michaelson Schmidt know what you think.  Email your thoughts along with your library mailing address, and receive a FREE print copy of Youth with Special Needs. 

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